Burnout at Work

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I September 26, 2022
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Verb Patterns, Reporting Verbs
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Illustration for an ESL lesson plan featuring a video discussing workplace burnout. Students will learn and practice reporting verbs, verb patterns, and vocabulary terms.

Lesson Description

Don’t bite someone’s head off! In this lesson, students will learn about the reasons, symptoms, and consequences of burnout at work. This lesson features a video that discusses burnout in the workplace. Students will learn and practice reporting verbs, verb patterns, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To discuss burnout at work

  • To learn and review reporting verbs and verb patterns

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


“Everybody has crappy bosses! Learn these tips on how to be a great employee and get what you want out of your job.” This video features a talk show that discusses the feeling of being burned out at work and how to deal with it.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

burnout [noun]: exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration
intervene [verb]: to interfere with the outcome or course especially of a condition or process (as to prevent harm or improve functioning)
embrace [verb]: to accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically
submission [noun]: the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person
sabotage [verb]: to deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something)
recognition [noun]: acknowledgment of something's existence, validity, or legality
carrot and stick method [noun]: a motivational approach that involves offering a “carrot” (a reward for good behavior) and a “stick” (a negative consequence for poor behavior)
crappy [adjective]: of extremely poor quality
trash-talk [verb]: to use insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize
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